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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am EDT
they mention "sesame street." the online explosion in a response to a comment made by mitt romney. >>> right now, some morning rain hanging around just enough to slow you down. >> tom kierein out on the storm 4 team weather deck this morning. >> just enough rain for an umbrella. getting just a few sprinkles here at northwest right now. the air is thick with humidity. it stayed humid overnight from yesterday. as we take a look at the storm team 4 radar, right now we are getting these passing showers moving from the southwest toward the northeast. these will be with us here perhaps for another couple of hours. they're moving fairly quickly off to the north and east, and right now right around the metro area, we have those showers a little bit heavier to our south in charles county and in prince george's and it is certainly a muggy morning. 60s farther west at north. throughout the rest of the day today, we'll have some sunshine breaking out and highs reaching near 80 this afternoon. delightful pattern tomorrow, could get some showers maybe on saturday afternoon and evening and perha
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
economy but right now romney is focused on foreign policy and has been slamming the president over his handling of the events in the middle east. in an op-ed in the "wall street journal" romney said the president showed weakness in the middle east. he said president obama heightened the prospect of conflict and instability. he doesn't understand an american policy that lacks resolve can provoke aggression and encourage disorder. white house aides says the president is looking forward to debate foreign policy with mitt romney. >> he took the iraq war, he did. he will focus on bin laden and bring him to justice. >> reporter: romney is said to be planning a major foreign policy speech to be delivered in the next few weeks. foreign policy is the focus of the final presidential debate on october 22nd in florida. >> susan mcginnis in washington this morning. come november colorado voters are expected to pass an amendment addressing the flood of political advertising. it began two years ago with the supreme court ruling with restrictions on campaign contributions, restrictions on freedom of s
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Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
right now. >> do you think you have a difference between your views and those of governor romney about education? >>'s >> this is where budgets matter because budgets reflect choices. so when governor romney indicates that he wants to cut taxes and potentially benefit folks like me and him and to pay for it we're having to initiate significant cuts in federal support for education, that makes a difference. his running mate, congressman ryan, put forward a budget that reflects many of the principles that governor romney's talked about. and it wasn't very detailed. this seems to be a trend. but what it did do is to, if you extrapolated how much money we're talking about, you'd look at cutting the education budget by up to 20%. when it comes to community colleges, we are seeing great work done out there all over the country because we have the opportunity to train people for jobs that exist right now. one of the things i suspect governor romney and i probably agree on is getting businesses to work with community colleges so that they're setting up their training programs -- >> do yo
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Sep 30, 2012 10:30am EDT
contrast between a romney recovery and obama stagnation, and frankly it's not right or left. it's common sense getting the country back to work, having an american energy policy. north dakota has 2.7% unemployment. the governor of north dakota has a billion-dollar rainy day fund and they've had three tax cuts in a row. now romney should be focusing on that kind of big choice, and it's not really right or left so much as it is common sense versus fuzzy ideas they don't work. >> schieffer: they've also discovered oil out there. but i'll ask you about that in a little bit. we'll be back in one minute with a little analysis of this. it's something you're born with. and inspires the things you choose to do. you do what you do... because it matters. at hp we don't just believe in the power of technology. we believe in the power of people when technology works for you. to dream. to create. to work. if you're going to do something. make it matter. >> schieffer: we're back now to talk more about the election and these upcoming debates can marsha blackburn, bob shrum who writes for the "dai
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Oct 5, 2012 12:35am EDT
right. romney was the big winner last night and in case you missed his performance, we boiled it down to just the best parts. here, take a look. >> big bird -- grabbed my arm -- and said -- i'm coming for -- you -- rich guy. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: i read that a lot of people were -- played drinking games last night, during the debate, where they -- they took a shot when someone said a certain word. yeah. the word for obama was "jobs." the word for romney was "medicare." and the word for jim lehrer was -- [ fragmented interjections ] [ laughter ] that's right. jim lehrer had trouble making sure the candidates stuck to the rules last night. even nfl replacement refs were like, "this guy's a disaster! [ laughter ] who hires these guys?" of course, obama and romney differed on many subjects throughout the debate. however, there was one moment where they really came together in perfect harmony. check it out. [ humming "whistle" by flo rida ] [ light laughter ] [ humming in unison ] [ humming in unison ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: flo rida fans. >> steve: yeah, they love
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> right now, president obama and mitt romney are campaigning after the first presidential debate. the president is holding a rally in denver before heading to the university of wisconsin in madison. romney is with paul ryan in virginia. >>> national park service crews are working to solve an algae problem at the reflecting pool. tony tull is by the pool where they are dealing with quite the clean up there. tony? >> reporter: they are. good morning. the national park service said they were going to drain and clean the reflecting pool, everybody thought it wasn't going to be a big deal. look over my shoulder. over 100 workers using hoses, shovels, brooms and high powered vacuums to get t algae out of there. it's a bigger problem than anybody anticipated. >> it's slippery when you walk on it. it sticks to the bottom of the shovel. >> it's the last thing they wanted to do after the republican novatio
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00am EDT
all. >> mitt romney's campaign called the debate a restart of the campaign. right now, the republican presidential nominee trails president obama by 3% of likely white voters. that is within the polls margin of error. the president leads by seven points among all registered voters. >>> you can watch tonight's debate here on nbc 4. nbc news live team coverage begins at 9:00. that brings us to our poll question. will you watch tonight's debate? let us know on news 4 today facebook. >>> after a foggy morning, it's turning really humid, really humid. >> it feels more like august out there. hey, tom, good morning. >> we are going to call it augtober, not october. we have a live view from the camera. a few patches of blue over the potomac. a few patches of sunshine breaking out. here is the view over space. the morning fog is dissipating. there's quite a bit of cloudiness rolling through the area. a lot of sun now. southern maryland, they have a lot of sun there. it's steamy and warm. cloudiness west of i-95 into the mountains. the areas in the yellow and oranges are hitting the 70s and 80s
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am EDT
, denver. >>> all right. so how did the candidates do? well, post debate instant polls reveal that most voters believe mitt romney did better than president obama. a cnn orc poll shows that 67% of registered voters who watched the debate chose mr. romney as the winner while 25% chose mr. obama. a cbs snap poll showed that 45% identified mitt romney while 22% said barack obama won and 32% called it a tie. the candidates tangled over taxes and figures of cuts or increases. andrea mitchell looked into the truth behind the rhetoric of both candidates. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. >> reporter: romney has proposed making the bush tax cuts permanent for all tax levels and then cutting all rates an additional 20%. he would repeal the alternative minimum tax and repeal the estate tax. they said mitt romney's tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over ten years. he said his plan would be paid for but to pay for those he would have to close loopholes and get rid of s
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00am EDT
error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and finally they say the nation is headed in the right direction. 40%. meanwhile, both candidates took a break from their debate prep on tuesday to make a few unscheduled stops. nbc's steve handlesman reports from denver. >> reporter: the pressure is intense. president obama took time out for a visit to hoover dam. >> it's spectacular and i've never soon it before. >> reporter: mitt romney grabbed a burrito bowl. doug hudson, andrew lunt kin run bicycle companies in colorado. they took me out to red rocks. these guys will watch the debate, andrew hoping for a break through by his candidate, mitt romney. >> i want him to talk about conservative values, especially economically, em powering small businesses. >> reporter: chris used to vote republican. not anymore. >> what really changed my mind recently is it seems to have gotten away from taking care of the little guy. >> reporter: doug is undecided. i'd like to see some details both from romney and obama mainly
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
, all right. but i don't know how, and so romney's got to have enough confidence in his intellectual acumen to get in there, but if he comes in with all this rehearsed stuff, he's just going to come across as a samb by. >> how do you feel about what the polls say right now? do you think romney is truly behind, or is that closer race than some would have us believe? >> i think romney is running a little bit behind but if he does well on wednesday night he's going to close the gap. look, romney has to look ahead. people know how they feel now. he can't say the president did this, that or the other thing. he has to say this is what i can do for you and make your life better. if he can do that, all right, and put the president on the defensive a few times, he'll gain. >> last thing on this, what do you think of the expectations game going on where each candidate is trying to outdo each other by complimenting each other's debating prowess? is this absurd or does it matter? >> like a football game, those people, play it down, tamp it down. it's all a game. you know that. >> let's talk abou
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
e buried by policies mitt romney and paul ryan supported. you came watch the debate right here on nbc 4. live team coverage begins at 9:00 tonight. and that brings us to our poll question this morning. will you watch tonight's debate? let us know by taking the poll on the news 4 today facebook page. >>> this morning police are investigating a deadly stabbing. investigators say the man was stabbed afternoround 8:00 at 30 street and naylor road. the victim died. police shut down part of naylor road for a few hours to search for clues. investigators say they're looking for multiple suspects. police have not released a motive. >>> and parents in fairfax county are on alert after a man followed a high school student home from school. the incident happened monday night around 8:00. police say the teenaged girl left west springfield high school by car. at the intersection of old keen mill road and bouer drive, she noticed she was being followed by a man she did not know. he tried to approach her. she was able to get inside before he reached her. police are searching for that man. >>> cou
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm EDT
right track now. as you might expect, mitt romney holds a different view. danielle lee is on capitol hill with the veryliest. hi, danielle. >> hi, good evening. for president obama, this is proof that his policies are working. for mitt romney the unemployment rate at 7.8% doesn't tell the whole story. at a rally a in virginia a a smiling president obama took full advantage of september's job's report. >> more people entered the worc
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Oct 3, 2012 12:35am EDT
applause ] >> jimmy: aw, that's what i'm talking about. i feel the love. thank you, right there! oh. [ cheers and applause ] welcome, everybody. welcome. thank you for being here. welcome to "late night with jimmy fallon," everybody. here's what people are talking about. the first debate between barack obama and mitt romney is tomorrow night, and the campaigns are doing whatever they can to get ready. actually, i heard that the obama campaign is a little worried, 'cause during his flight to nevada on sunday, the president apparently watched four hours of football instead of studying. [ laughter ] although it did mark the first time all year obama's actually seen something get passed. [ audience ohs ] so, it's going to be very interesting. [ applause ] everyone's looking for some kind of sign as to who will win debate. in fact, one group of researchers are saying that presidential candidates who blink less during a debate are more likely to win the election. or as michele bachmann put it, "any way i can get back in this thing or what?" [ laughter ] hey! there you go. [ applause ] i j
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Sep 30, 2012 6:00am EDT
down to the two theories of the race. one was right, one was wrong. the romney theory, tell people it's okay even though the president's a nice guy to vote against him because everyone's primed to vote against him. the democrats went into the convention realizing they needed to make a substantive case and tear down romney's agenda. romney needs to build that up again. >> have you everybody observed, mortimer, how -- have you observed, mortimer, how much the president relies on a teleprompter and of course romney probably less so? but he's been out there in the field. obama really hasn't been debating, and he doesn't have a teleprompter during the debate. >> he won't have a teleprompter, but let's face it, he is an articulate speaker and i'm sure he'll practice enough so he doesn't need one. i have a slightly different view of what romney has to do. he has to establish himself as a credible candidate and credible occupant of the presidency. that is not something he has done just yet. if he comes across forcefully enough and with enough clarity on his program, then a lot of people will lo
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
again, he refused to be specific. and because of the romney comments about pbs, big bird was trending on twitter wednesday night with 17,000 tweets per minute on the plight of big bird. >> all right. andrea mitchell in denver after a long night there, great job last night, andrea. thank you. >>> turkey's parliament has approved military operations outside its border if the government feels they are necessary. the move comes as turkish troops shell syrian targets for a second day today. turkey retaliated for mortar fire from syria wednesday that reportedly killed at least five civilians and a turkish border town. nato declared the support for turkey after an emergency meeting last night. >>> now for a look at what is trending today. our quick round of "what has you talking" online. big bird was a big winner after mitt romney said he'd cut pbs funding. urged followers to occupy sesame street posting pictures saying look what mitt did to me. it also warns that romney will end bert and ernie's right to a civil union. the debate was the most tweeted about event in u.s. political history. >
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am EDT
right. in this case i said something that's just completely wrong. i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> president obama campaigned in wisconsin and sharply criticized romney's statements during the debate on tax cuts, education and outsourcing as misleading to the middle class and the president had this to say about his opponent's plan for reducing the deficit. >> i just want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street but he's going to crack down on sesame street. thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird. who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits. elmo's got to watch out. >> and vice president joe biden was campaigning in iowa saying that mitt romney flip-flopped on his own tax cut plan that was the center piece of the gop campaign and biden challenged the republicans on the tax sue. >> you know the phrase he always used, biden want to raise taxes by $8 trillion. guess what, yes, we do, in one regard, we want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class does
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Oct 6, 2012 11:00pm EDT
know. but you'll keep it to yogurt, right? 'cause we shouldn't really help with your love life. yoplait. it is so good! >>> mitt romney's debate performance this past wednesday giving him a bump in the polls. a new reuters poll has him within two points of president obama, frailing him 47% to 45% among likely voters nationwide. that's compared to a six-point gap before the debate. romney's performance in denver game hiv a financial boost. his campaign received $12 million in online donations in the 48 hours after the debate. >>> strict new rules for high school students taking the s.a.t. this year. students will now be requires to submit a photo of themselves swhen they sign up to take the test. and that photo will appear on their test admission ticket and on the test site roster. these new rules come after a cheating scandal on long island. 20 high school students were accused of hiring recent graduates to take the test in their place. >>> still ahead tonight, daniel craig tries his hand at come by. the james bond actor gets ready to host "snl" tonight and you might want to cl
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00am EDT
dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> right now, we continue to follow breaking news on news 4 midday. the fbi is investigating an early morning shooting that killed a border patrol agent and injured another in arizona. it happened near the u.s./mexico border. the wounded agent was air lifted to the hospital and is expected to survive. >>> president obama and mitt romney are preparing for their first debate. the president is in nevada. his rival in denver, where tomorrow's debate will take place. runni innin inning mates come p battleground states. paul ryan wrapped up an event in clinton, iowa. s american airlines customers are dealing with unhappy pilots. seats broke mid flight. >> the passenger seats came loose out of the floor. >> eight planes grounded after three incidents where an entire row of sts came loose. twice, it happened on the same plane. the airline says it could be a defect in a certain model of seats. pas
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Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
romney to try to shake up the race. if you look at the polling in pretty much every swing state right now, there are a couple of exceptions, missouri being one of them. almost every swing state thement opened up a significant lead outside the margin of error in most cases. if tea lex were to be held today, it would be a shock if mitt romney were to win. he has to find a way to shake up that narrative. >> one of the things we've seen in the polls is older voters moving more in the direction towards president obama, and one of the key issues in this campaign has been medicare which has really been brought to light since mitt romney brought on paul ryan as his running mate. do you think retrospectively that could actually cost him? >> i think this is more about mitt romney than it is about paul ryan. it's always more about the principal than it is about the vice presidential candidate. that being said, when you talk to trks over the last few years, ever since paul ryan unveiled his medicare plan several years ago, what they've said is we hope we can play even on medicare and this is in c
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm EDT
almost critically important for mitt romney to get to 270 electoral votes. the other thing about it is, people are feeling better about the economy. as bad as things are, 40% of people think that the country is heading on the right track. and that tells all of us, especially the polling experts, wendy, that people are feeling better about the direction of the country, and so they have to feel really badly about the country, if they wanted to eject the current president of the united states and take a bet on someone they don't know very well. that's the final thing. mitt romney is way behind president obama in popularity. and that's his challenge tonight. mitt romney has to come out here tonight and try to be nice, and affable and likable and get past that 47% comment that he made, which seemed to be writing off half of the american voters. at the same time he's got to be tough and aggressive and try to rattle president obama. and that is a very hard combination. >> all right. andrea mitchell, always good to hear your comments on this. and you are joining the team coverage for tonigh
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 7:00am EDT
what it means for the economy. >> big part of the politics right now, and you can betemit romney will be quick to pounce if it shows the same sluggish job growth we've seen in recent months. coming up, we'll talk to cnbc's jim cramer about what we can expect. >>> also, remember that impatient driver we showed you on thursday caught on camera using the sidewalk to get around a crowded school bus. guess what? she got busted. now her mom is coming to her daughter's defense with an explanation you might find a little hard to believe. we will hear from her coming up. >>> all right. you remember this guy, the prankster who posed as a delivery guy, accidentally dropping boxes of the much-anticipated new iphone in front of all those people waiting to get into the apple store. >> oh, no. >> there it goes. we'll meet him this morning and has quite the catalog of pranks, quite the repertoire. we want to start this morning with politics, the presidential race and mitt romney's newly revitalized campaign. nbc's peter alexander is in virginia this morning where both the president and governor will
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 4:00pm EDT
-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> veronica is here with treats. >> a forecast and treats. >> what can be better, right. >> i know. >> there's a russian bazaar taking place. off of 17th street. look at that, they sent the pastries, traditional, this is the poppy seed roll. you guys probably had it and then they got more pastries, but going on both saturday and sunday. take a look at the graphic because it's rain or shine and i'm expecting a a few showers. saturday and sunday. 70 on saturday and 55 on sunday. so, what day would you pick to go? >> i don't know. i think i'll go saturday. >> tomorrow. >> i'm going to slide the nesting dolls over to richard and see if he can put these together while i go do weather. also taking place this weekend is -- as we lose one of them. taste of bethesda and then you have the fall festivals taking place and october fest, just a ton of things going on this weekend. all right, too brad iad it's no today. suns
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00am EDT
, the president and mitt romney have two more days to get ready for their first debate. >> ahead in sports, the redskins are back to 500 after nearly letting a big lead slip right through their fingers. we'll be back. >> your weather first on this monday morning. grab a jacket. 40s and 50s out there. a little fog north and west of town from some of the showers yesterday evening that left a little moisture in. we may see low 70s this afternoon. here's a look at the day planner. clouds will be increasing while we'll have morning sunshine. upper 60s, maybe low 70s with a chance for a few showers late this afternoon. best chance of that will be west and southwest of d.c. i'll be back in about five minutes talking about some rain for tuesday. right now over to beverly farmer. she'll let you know what's happening with your morning commute. >>> what's not happening is the road work. they cleared it between fredricksburg and 17 falmouth. that's the good news. northbound 95 moving at a better pace now finally coming up from route 3 across the rapahannock river and heading up toward quantico.
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
people and i wonder about the timg and when is the right time if ever to tell the details? anyway. this morning president obama and governor mitt romney are preparing for wednesday's debate in denver. their first of three debates will focus on domestic issues. a george wraesh poll release this morning shows romney as a four percentage advantage with voters while an nbc poll will show president obama will win the debate. >> a rough ride over the weekend on a jet. it was diverted after a row of passenger seats became unfwroltd the floor. the crew was alerted after takeoff. there was a concern the seats could have gone air borne within the cabin. the plane finally landed safely at new york's jfk airport. >> never seen that before. >> no. >> dairy farmers say that milk could get a lot more expensive if congress doesn't pass a new farm bill. the old farm bill expired on sunday. new york senator chuck schumer said without a new bill the government will have to pay higher than market prices for dairy products. and the national milk producer federation said prices could go higher than $6
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00pm EDT
podium on the right, mitt romney at the podium on the left. this debate is separated into six 15-minute segments focusing heavily on the economy. touching down in denver this afternoon, president obama has prepared more for these debates than any sitting president in the modern era. while anticipation builds at the tightly controlled debate site mitt romney fine tuned his message in private, advisers say, relaxing with three of his sons and fueling up on a peanut butter and honey sandwich. >> i believe that the 21st century can be better than the 20th. >> you can do that. it's your future. go claim it. >> reporter: outside the debate hall cameras caught a brief glimpse of the candidates' motorcades. their walkthroughs inside the 1500-seat arena, kept out of view. >> two, three, four, five. >> reporter: for days advisers from both sides have been negotiating details from lighting to the angle of the podiums. the rules even address which spouse will be introduced first. mrs. romney, then mrs. obama. and a coin toss determined the president will speak first with romney getting the l
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
obama leads romney by 7% in that category. you can watch tonight's debate right here on nbc 4. nbc news live team coverage begins at 9:00 tonight and that brings us to our poll question this morning. will you watch tonight's debate? you can let us know by taking the poll on the news 4 today facebook page. >>> president obama appears to have gotten a boost in the battleground state of pennsylvania. a judge there ruled that voters won't have to show photo i.d.s. the decision strikes down the new voter i.d. what you. democrats say the law disenfranchises voters who don't have photo i.d.s. republicans say the law is necessary to crack down on voter fraud. >>> it was this day ten days ago that the beltway snipers terrorized the entire area. over three weeks, they killed a total of ten people. among them, a man who was mowing the lawn at a car dealership. to honor his memory, his sister started raising money to help award scholarships. to date, she's raised homore th $100,000. >> we have to hope for change. and sometimes it's all in our attitude. >> mohammed was executed in 2009. malvo i
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00am EDT
the idea is to create a wide ranging memory trove that can last forever and be shared. >> all right. stay with us. "news 4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. >>> mitt romney and president obama reaching out to bases in virginia as they try to build momentum after their first debate. good morning, everybody. i'm karen gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for this friday, october 5th, 2012. we're looking for a delightful day today, but some big changes are coming. >> let's just look at today. >>> right now off to a clear and chilly start. we had the lower humidity move in while you were sleeping, and what a delightful start to this friday, a clear sky. the moon and jupiter in the southern sky. bright venus now rising, and a gorgeous morning under way. it is certainly feeling autumnal. all those areas in dark green are in the 50s. the light green, generally low 60s. that includes areas right around the chesapeake bay and parts of areas just east of washington and the eastern shore. but much of virginia, much of maryland into west virginia, it's in the 50s, even a fe
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
sign, we ask them if they're volunteers. if they say no, we say, right here, here's your form. >> reporter: the romney campaign said its signs are proof of what they say is an unprecedented gop get out the vote effort. >> it's the largest gop get out the vote effort in history. it's only going to grow between now and the election. >> reporter: no doubt the number of yard signs for both candidates will keep growing, too. in fairfax, julie carey, news4. >>> coming up, a kid who's not even old enough to drive is in a lot of trouble for getting caught behind the wheel. but that wasn't the only problem. >>> peanut butter recall is expanding well beyond the sandwich spread. >>> vmperonica? >> you can see where the rain is, around manassas, woodbridge, more scattered showers down to the south and that's exactly what's going to be moving in our way. wet by tomorrow morning with temperatures starting out in the 50s. >>> a 10-year-old boy is in a lot of trouble tonight after stealing a truck, then going on a joyride in philadelphia sunday afternoon. this surveillance video shows the boy
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
obama and republican challenger mitt romney. you know romney is looking for a new look and, of course, the president is trying to avoid the incumbent trap of trying to appear arrogant or underprepared. a lot on the line right now. >> a big moment in the campaign because there are so many eyes on this. it's the first of three debates between these two men. it's scheduled to last 90 minutes, and with just 33 days until the election some 60 million people are expected to tune in. former republican candidate rick santorum knows what it's like to go against mitt romney in a debate. we'll talk to him straight ahead, as well as the president's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. >>> also ahead, we brought you his incredible story last week, a man looking for a second chance to fulfill his dream after he suffered a debilitating injury in his one and only at-bat in the major leagues. last night, seven years later, adam greenberg finally got that chance. we'll show you how he did and talk to him about the big moment the morning after. >>> a bit later. you think politics can get ugly. try
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 6:30pm EDT
ahead of a major foreign policy speech in virginia, today mitt romney continued assaulting the president's domestic record at a rally in st. lucy, florida. >> i have an opportunity for america right now that's going to get this economy going and create jobs, jobs and more jobs. 12 million jobs, to be specific. >> reporter: earlier, republican surrogates like newt gingrich were out in force on four leading political shows saying the president's debate performance and the administration's response to the latest jobs report. >> the unemployment report has fallen to its lowest since i took office. >> when you have a white house celebrating a 7.8% unemployment record tells a lot about the failed add miministratiadminist policies. >> they had full charge of the first two years, and the policies this president put in place actually made it worse. the middle class is being buried under this administration. >> reporter: meantime, paul ryan enjoyed a mostly leisurely sunday. making a trip to the pumpkin patch with his family. >> how are you feeling about the debate? >> what debate? >> nb
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 5:00am EDT
right now are middle income americans. >> romney also warned that president obama's plan to let tax cuts for the wealthy expire would raise taxes on the small businesses that create hundreds of thousands of jobs. >>> another comment mitt romney made has become a twitter phenomenon. it all started when the republican presidential nominee detailed some of the spending cuts he'd make as president. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs. i love big bird. i like you, too, but i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for. that's number one. >> well, that has sparked several big bird twitter accounts and twit pics. one user has used the handle fired big bird and tweeted this picture. it already has more than 23,000 followers. the race is tightening in two of the bat ground states, according to the latest nbc news "wall street journal" maris poll. in virginia, the president leads mitt romney by 2%. that's within the margin of error. he led there by 4% last month. the race is even tighter in florida. president obama lead
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Oct 4, 2012 12:35am EDT
. [ cheers and applause ] >> teresa, calm down! your mother's a liar! >> jimmy: all right. [ laughter ] what's going on? listen to this, you guys. nasa is warning that solar radiation could cause tv outages over the next week. or as mitt romney put it, "please happen during the debate. please happen during the debate. please." [ laughter ] [ as romney ] i'll tell you what i think of -- the sun is coming out, huh? this is interesting. a new study found that nice people are more likely to live longer than people with bad attitudes. [ cheers ] or as people with bad attitudes put it, whatever. [ laughter ] i heard that costco is recalling its smoked salmon because of a possible salmonella contamination. yeah, their salmon has salmonella. [ laughter ] something tell me i don't want to know what their crabs have. i just don't want -- [ laughter ] but on the bright side, since it is costco, customers get a lot of salmonella for their money. they really do, if you think about it. finally guys, an 84-year-old woman in maine, she's fine. she's doing fine after she accidentally drove her car int
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Oct 5, 2012 11:00am EDT
by a real housewife of new york. a businesswoman and mom is dedicated to >>> right now on news 4 midday, president obama is in northern virginia speaking at george mason university. after that, he will head to ohio and speak to students at cleveland state university this afternoon. >> mitt romney is speaking at a small machinery company at a coal company right now. it's the gops second day in the commonwealth. he will be in florida later today, another crucial swing state. >>> foul play may be involved for the disappearance in a teen. police officers and a helicopter crew searched for any sign of brian glen. he was last seen dropping off his brother at high school month morning. shortly after, he was at a nearby dunkin' doughnuts. aside from the search, detectives are going through his cell phone and computer for any hints on where the teen might be. >>> some students at the university of maryland say bedbugs are back and causing problems in their rooms. we saw the bites and marks the bugs are leaving. they have complainted to management about the pest problem. the company who ow
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00pm EDT
zone. now, look at this, direction of the country. 40% say we're on the right track. it's not a great number, but it's the highest number we've recorded in three and a half years. let's move to the head-to-head with mitt romney. this is where the race has tightened a bit. the president's number is steady at 49. mitt romney has picked up a couple in the last couple weeks, sits at 46. what's helping him? republican voters more enthusiastic, they make it through the likely voter screen. it's been a couple tough weeks for mitt romney. that 47% mark has left a mark, if you will. when we asked, is there anything you've heard in the last few weeks that made you more favorable or less favorable on mitt romney, 54% say what they've heard has made them less favorable. that said, the president has a couple things not going for him on the issue of libya and egypt. more people disapprove of how he's handled the situation than approve. but the overarching theme here, brian, and why is the president in a commanding small lead? 57% tell us the economy is in recovery. highest number we've record
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Oct 6, 2012 9:00am EDT
today. we'll be back right after this break. i approve this message. mitt romney: "i'm not in favor romney's being dishonest here an independent, non-partisan liberals will raise taxes on the chairman of that so-called romney's former company. gingrich was there too. it's not independent. it's just not true. good morning! wow. want to start the day with something heart healthy and delicious? you're a talking bee... honey nut cheerios has whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol. and it tastes good? sure does! right... ♪ wow. delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >>> in just two weeks you have the chance to join athletes and celebrities to help change lives. it's ant audi best buddies challenge. the walk, run, and bicycle ride helps create opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. joining us to talk about the event and its mission is aaron thompson a best buddies ambassador and also the captain of team rosetta stone. thank you so much for
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Oct 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
that doesn't come out right. in this case, i said something that's just completely wrong. >> reporter: mitt romney has campaign events this week in florida, but around those events he'll be joined by senator rob portman, the one that plays president obama in the debate camp practice sessions. mitt romney is getting ready for the next session, next debate, hoping his mum carries over next week. >> john harwood is cnbc's chief washington correspondent. thanks for being here. i don't know if it's possible to strip politics away from these new unemployment numbers, but if you can, explain, does the president get credit for these numbers coming down, and how real are they? >> well, the president gets credit or blame for whatever the economic conditions are on his watch. these are numbers that are better than they've been, but they're still not good numbers. 7.8% is a high unemployment rate. we've got an economy that's not growing very fast. but it's certainly good news for the president to be able to say that 7.8%, the rate when i took office, we're back down there again. but i think peopl
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